Since its last survey in 2010, Meetings & Conventions discovered corporate salaries have remained unchanged, while association planner pay dipped about two percent.
Analyzing trends in compensation and job satisfaction, M&C discovered that overall, planners earn an average base pay of $72,729 per year, while the gender-based pay gap is still readily apparent.
Mean earn about $30,000 more than female planners each year, although they tend to be a few years older, with more experience and longer hours.
Another finding: One-third of respondents said they are less sarisfied with their jobs this year than last. Compensation for those who hold professional designations also continues to inch up – 34 percent of 413 respondents are Certified Meeting Professionals (CMPs). Those with the stamp take home, on average, $77,986 per year, significantly higher than the $67,851 earned by planners who are not CMPs.
See the full results of the report here.